June 29, 2009
Rennard Strickland’s “Spirit Red” Delves into Personal History, Native American Art
Spirit Red: Visions of Native American Artists from the Rennard Strickland Collection is the title of professor emeritus and former Oregon Law dean Rennard Strickland’s latest project. He recently donated his extensive personal collection of Native American art to the University of Oklahoma’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. The donation was made in memory of his mother, Adell Tucker Strickland.
Professor Strickland, an internationally recognized law professor and legal historian, currently serves as senior scholar in residence at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. He is considered a pioneer in the introduction of Indian law into university curriculum. He has written and edited more than 35 books and frequently is cited by courts and scholars for his work as revision editor in chief of the Handbook of Federal Indian Law. Strickland has been involved in the resolution of a number of significant Indian cases. Additionally, he is the founding director of the Center for the Study of American Indian Law and Policy at the University of Oklahoma.
The print version of Spirit Red is a catalog of Strickland’s Art Collection at Oklahoma as well as a personal account of his life and family. Professor Strickland, an Oklahoma citizen, is a descendant of Osage and Cherokee heritage.
The art collection itself reflects five decades of acquired pieces. More than 200 works represent some of the most acclaimed artists of the 20th century through the present. The collection includes paintings, baskets, pottery, textiles, and sculpture.